CHET BAKER TRIO – LIVE IN PARIS – The Radio France Recordings (Limited 3LP Gatefold Edition & 2CD Digipack Edition) – RSD 2022

CHET BAKER TRIO – LIVE IN PARIS – The Radio France Recordings (Limited 3LP Gatefold Edition & 2CD Digipack Edition) – RSD 2022

NEVER BEFORE RELEASED CHET BAKER TRIO RECORDINGS! 

This is an official release comprising 1983-84 previously unissued live performances by the famed trumpeter-vocalist presented as a three-LP Record Store Day exclusive by Elemental Music Records in cooperation with the Chet Baker Estate and INA France. Deluxe limited-edition of 180g hand-numbered 3 LP-sets.

April 23 Vinyl Release will be followed by a Two-CD Package on April 30

Recorded in stereo by Radio France at La Esplanade de La Défense (July 17, 1983) and Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984). Both concerts are distinguished by the dazzling playing of the virtuosic pianist Michel Graillier, who performed regularly with Baker’s combos from 1977 until Baker’s death in 1988.

Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Memphis Record Pressing. It includes a 12-page insert with previously-unpublished photos; the dazzling performances by Chet’s drumless trios will be complemented with essays by journalist and author Ashley Kahn, journalist Franck Bergerot, Pascal Rozat of Ina France, and interviews with Baker sidemen Riccardo Del Fra, Dominique Lemerle, and Richie Beirach.

“A rare window on a significant moment in Baker’s history” – Ahsley Khan

LP TRACKLIST:
LP 1

Recorded at Esplanade de La Défense (July 17, 1983)
A1. There Will Never Be Another You – M. Gordon, H. Warren (14:42)
A2. Easy Living – L. Robin, R. Raigner (14:28)
B1. But Not for Me – G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin (15:42)
B2. Stella by Starlight – V. Young, N. Washington (8:43)

LP 2
Recorded at Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984)
C1. Funk in Deep Freeze – H. Mobley (12:19)
C2. Just Friends – S. Lewis, J. Klenner (12:55)
D. Arbor Way – E. Pantoja (18:55)

LP 3
Recorded at Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984)
E1. Strollin’ – H. Silver (14:24)
E1. Margerine – H. Galper (9:54)
F1. Lament – J. J. Johnson (15:19)
F2. Walkin’ – R. Carpenter (10:07)

CD TRACKLIST:
CD 1
1. There Will Never Be Another You (14:42)
2. Easy Living (14:28)
3. But Not for Me (15:42)
4. Stella by Starlight (8:43)
5. Funk in Deep Freeze (12:19)
6. Just Friends (12:55)

CD 2
1. Arbor Way (18:55)
2. Strollin’ (14:24)
3. Margerine (9:54)
4. Lament (15:19)
5. Walkin’ (10:07)

CD 1, 1-4: Recorded at Esplanade de La Défense (July 17, 1983)
CD 1, 5-6 & CD 2: Recorded at Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984)

Personnel:
Recorded at Esplanade de La Défense (July 17, 1983)
Chet Baker – trumpet and vocals
Michel Graillier – piano
Dominique Lemerle – bass

Recorded at Le Petit Opportun (February 7, 1984)
Chet Baker – trumpet and vocals
Michel Graillier – piano
Riccardo Del Fra – bass

Credits:
Produced for release by Zev Feldman
Executive Producers: Jordi Soley and Carlos Agustín Calembert
Associate Producer: Zak Shelby-Szyszko
Original recordings produced by André Francis (La Défense) and Claude Carrière and Jean Delmas (Le Petit Opportun)
Original recording engineer: Marc Chartier (La Défense)
INA Digitization in High Resolution, restoration and mastering: Ian Debeerst
INA Documentation: Marie Jaros
INA coordination: Christiane Lemire
Mixing and Sound Restoration by Marc Doutrepont,
Mastering and Restoration Studio, Brussels, Belgium LP mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Recorded in stereo by Radio France at La Esplanade de La Défense, Paris,France,
July 17, 1983.
Recorded at Le Petit Opportun Paris, France, February 7, 1984.

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